2009 Frederick Douglass Book Award Nominees

Out+of+the+House+of+BondageI‘m a little late in posting this, but wanted to point your attention to the three finalists for this year’s Frederick Douglass Book Award that is sponsored by Yale’s Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition.

The finalists are Thavolia Glymph for Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press); Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton and Company); and Jacqueline Jones, “Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War (Alfred A. Knopf Publishers).  The prize comes with a generous check of $25,000.  I’ve read both Annette Gordon-Reed’s book (a National Book Award winner) and Glymph’s study.  Although the publisher sent me a copy of Saving Savannah, I have not had a chance to look through it.   My money is on Glymph’s Out of the House of Bondage.

2 comments… add one
  • Mark R. Cheathem Aug 16, 2009 @ 11:56

    I would be shocked if Annette doesn’t win. She’s been on quite a roll this year.

    • Kevin Levin Aug 16, 2009 @ 12:02

      Yeah, you are probably right. Gordon-Reed’s book is well written and the research is solid, but Glymph’s book is a much more important interpretive study.

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